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Biology Inspires Technology

Biology Inspires Technology

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From fully degradable bioplastics derived from shrimp shells, to tiny RoboBees programmed for pollination, biologically inspired technologies use principles found in nature to create solutions. These advancements represent a remarkable fusion of life sciences and engineering. And solar panels may be the next technology to benefit from biological enhancement.

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The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

The Industrial Dragon Takes on Green Energy

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China covered the equivalent of one soccer field every hour with solar panels in 2015. It also installed an average of more than one wind turbine every hour of every day, according to Greenpeace statistics. And it appears to be aiming for domination of one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

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Equipped for Continuity

Equipped for Continuity

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It’s difficult to imagine a business to which backup power is more critical than Appica.com, a Cincinnati, OH-based provider of private data center space, hosted applications, cloud computing capacity, and network storage. Redundant security is a major element of how the firm defines itself, both in terms of clients’ data  … Read More

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

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Microgrids are becoming the transformative technology in today’s energy industry, and are putting many utilities on the defensive. A few utilities want to adopt or coopt the technology, depending on one’s perceptions, creating tensions among utility and industry stakeholders. The latter believe microgrid resources can best be delivered by private  … Read More

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

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Historically, the high up-front cost of solar equipment—from $10,000 to upwards of $20,000—has made solar systems a challenge for lower-income homeowners to afford. Furthermore, leasing programs and financing options like PACE require good credit scores, often making them inaccessible. This issue has not only created “solar deserts” in disadvantaged areas,  … Read More

Subsidies: What’s Not to Like?

Subsidies: What’s Not to Like?

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We live in what is often referred to as a pluralistic economy where governments engage in manipulation of the free enterprise system through the introduction of “sticks and carrots’” designed to sway action in a direction it might not ordinarily go. Noting the public’s resistance to heavy-handed methods often ascribed  … Read More



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